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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports

    New Mexico Highlands University golf pro Dan Houtchens will be conducting a junior golf camp with four classes in August. Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Cost is $30 a person or two for $50. For more information, call Houtchens at 425-7711.

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    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

  • Harrison sorry for blasting commish

    By Will Graves
    AP Sports Writer

    LATROBE, Pa.  — James Harrison is an emotional guy. Always has been. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker plays with an intensity few in the NFL can match.

    Yet the four-time Pro Bowler knows that fury has its limits, and Friday he admitted he blew right past them in a magazine article earlier this month in which he used an anti-gay slur when talking about commissioner Roger Goodell and criticized teammates for their play in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl loss to Green Bay.

  • Injury keeps Manning on sidelines

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — The pain in Peyton Manning’s neck will keep him off the practice field early next week.

    Indianapolis still isn't sure how long it will take to get back the four-time MVP.

    Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday the Colts will be cautious with their franchise quarterback, who had neck surgery in May, and will not push him too hard. Camp opens Monday at Anderson University.

  • No. 1 pick Newton signs with Carolina

    The Associated Press

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton has signed with the Carolina Panthers and has arrived at camp.

    The team announced Friday evening that he had signed a deal and was attending team meetings. The Panthers also said on Twitter that the quarterback “had officially signed on the dotted line.”

    Bus Cook, Newton’s agent, told the The Associated Press via a text message Friday night that the deal was for four years and “$22 million-plus.”

  • Water system fix: $108M


    Consultants hired by the city of Las Vegas to conduct an extensive study of the water system have come up with a series of recommendations that include $108.6 million in key projects to be phased in over the next 40 years.

  • Senior Profile - Dan and Ruby Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Today, Dan Gonzales Sr. and wife, Ruby, enjoy the view from their Vegas Drive home overlooking a soccer field and Los Niños and Sierra Vista schools beyond. They have lived there for 15 years, having moved from their former home on Eighth and Dalbey, which they occupied for 43 years.

  • HU education school trying to regain accreditation


    New Mexico Highlands University is trying to regain the national specialty  accreditation for its School of Education that was yanked about three years ago.

    A team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, also known as NCATE, will conduct a site visit Nov. 12-16, Vice President of Academic Affairs Gilbert Rivera told regents Wednesday.

    “I think this will be a successful visit for us,” said Michael Anderson, dean of the university’s School of Education.

  • 10,000 expected for motorcycle rally

    More than 100 years ago Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders rode into the Meadow City. This weekend the men and women of today’s iron horses will descend on Las Vegas for the sixth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The rally starts Friday (July 29) and ends with a reverse drawing for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Sunday.

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, July 27 — For the purpose of studying the collection of birds at the Normal University, Miss Fannie Ford of Las Cruces arrived in Las Vegas last night and will remain here about two days. Miss Ford is making a report on the bird life of the territory for the New Mexico Agricultural and Mechanical College at Las Cruces. The normal has a good collection of stuffed birds representing many of the species found in New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 29, 2011

    Mora Fiestas this weekend

    The Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas are being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot.